Ala Wai Elementary School
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
See this video of Ala Wai Elementary School’s kindergarten and second grade students-in-action as they journey through self-discovery and inquiry-based learning, while exploring alternative ways to solving real-world issues.
Lynn Masuda, Kindergarten Teacher and Lori Maihui, Second Grade Teacher
Concerned about food self-reliance and self-sufficiency as well as the harmfulness of pesticides and the spread of dengue fever and Zika virus, these future leaders of Hawaiʻi decide that they will grow their own food and make nature-based, eco-friendly mosquito repellents for themselves and their homes.
Project Team: Kindergarten
After learning that more than 90% of the food they eat is shipped into Hawaii from the U.S. mainland and foreign countries, these students studied budgeting and also learned about plant growth and food safety, including pesticide use or natural remedies before planting a garden. Learn more about their garden and what they did with their harvest.
Project Team: Second Grade
These students don’t want to see dengue fever and Zika virus spread in their community, but they are also concerned about the harmful effects of chemical remedies on the environment. See what ideas they have for effective, eco-friendly mosquito repellents.